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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland (2002)

de Jim Defede

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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway's Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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Es mostren 1-5 de 78 (següent | mostra-les totes)
audio nonfiction/history (~6.5 hrs) - remarkable portrait of humanity shown through vignettes of passengers and flight crew in the redirected flights on 9/11, and the incredibly kind and generous reception they received from the small town of Gander (and Newfoundlanders in general). A riveting way to pass the time, and yes you may want to keep tissues handy. ( )
  reader1009 | May 11, 2024 |
This is NOT a book about the tragic events of September 11.

This IS a book about what happened that day and the days that followed those events. The book only touches briefly on 9/11, but mainly focuses on the planes diverted to and landing in Gander, Newfoundland. The stories of these people are complex, interesting and diverse. We have a family who adopted a little girl and were trying to get back home, a Hugo Boss executive who would NEVER sleep on the floor but did during his time in Gander, parents of a NYC firefighter awaiting word as to whether or not he is alive, and several animals.

It tells about how the stranded flights were not allowed to disembark right away and how some of the flight attendants gave carte blanche to the beverage carts on the planes while waiting days before they could leave the planes.

Most importantly, it tells the stories of all the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland and how they embraced these newly-stranded and very scared people (dubbed the "plane people") by opening up their homes and their hearts to them, offering them the use of their shower, kitchen and homes. They donated towels and toiletries and offered to bring them to a store to buy new clothes because the luggage was still on the planes.

Definitely a MUST read. ( )
  Cathie_Dyer | Feb 29, 2024 |

This is the remarkable true story of 9/11 when over 6,000 people found themselves stranded in Gander, Newfoundland when their planes were diverted from landing in the United States due to the terrorists' attacks. Gander was one of the Canadian towns that opened their hearts and homes to those stranded far from their destinations with news of the horror etched in their minds.

Jim Defede heightens the poignancy when he relates some of the individual stories of the people who found themselves in Gander and the stories of those who made them feel safe and welcome. The kindness and generosity of the citizens of Gander and other small towns provided solace and comfort in numerous ways.

If anyone ever doubts that there are so many people with a generosity of spirit, this is a long-lasting reminder. It is incredibly moving to read this small book and to then remember the way we all honored the horrors of 9/11 in the days following by our kindnesses to each other. ( )
  pdebolt | Jan 12, 2024 |
Having seen the musical Come From Away, I was excited to read this book which recounted the details of the day, 9/11, when 38 planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. The compassion, humanity, and selflessness of the people of Gander is so inspiring.
The emotions of the passengers on the planes was incredible to read, and the preparedness of the townspeople and the officials is incredible.
Everyone should read this inspiring story -- and let's hope that we can all learn from it -- how to care for our fellow human beings, and animal friends, without expecting anything in return.
A beautiful story. ( )
  rmarcin | May 18, 2023 |
3.5 stars. Just a good, simple, straightforward story about the hospitality extended by a small Canadian town to the passengers of so many grounded flights on 9/11. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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It's difficult to find fault with a book so earnestly dedicated to showing us that compassion and generosity are not just myths from days past, and neither is the kind of modesty demonstrated by the citizens of Gander, who never wanted nor expected nor asked for any recognition or accolades. Instead, they set a standard to which the rest of us should aspire to reach.
afegit per 2wonderY | editaPopMatters, Teri A. McIntyre (Nov 11, 2013)
 

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Never before in the ninety-eight-year history of American aviation had such a command been given. There were 4,546 civilian aircraft over the United States at the time, from private Cessnas to jumbo jets, and they all scrambled to find a place to land. Closing airspace had its most disorienting effect, though, on approximately four hundred international flights headed toward the Untied States, the majority of which were coming across the Atlantic from Europe.
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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway's Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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